After weeks -- OK, months -- of speculation, Cubs first base prospect Anthony Rizzo has finally gotten the call. He left Monday's Iowa Cubs game after four innings and will be in the Cubs' lineup Tuesday night against the Mets, the Cubs announced on their official Twitter feed.
Rizzo, 22, has been the hottest topic with the Cubs all season, considering they are playing for the future and he's been destroying Triple-A pitching. His line entering Monday: .345/.408/.702, 23 homers, 62 RBI, 48 runs and 18 doubles in 69 games.
Last season, Rizzo had great numbers in Triple-A and then struggled upon promotion by the Padres. He hit just .141/.281/.242 with a homer and nine RBI in 153 plate appearances. We can't blame this on San Diego's spacious Petco Park, either, because Rizzo's line on the road was worse than at home.
Still, let's remember Rizzo was only 21. It would be folly to dismiss a player of Rizzo's caliber based upon a 153 plate appearance sample at age 21. Remember, Mike Trout hit just .220 in 123 at-bats last season, and this season he's tearing up the league. Rizzo isn't Trout, but he's very highly regarded by almost every scouting outlet, entering the season as a top 50 prospect by every major outlet.
Last week, the Cubs seemed to signal a promotion for Rizzo was on the way, as they moved Bryan LaHair to right field -- essentially clearing a spot at first.
Rizzo was acquired this past offseason by the Cubs in a trade that sent Andrew Cashner to the Padres. The previous offseason, Rizzo was the centerpiece in the trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres to the Red Sox.